There is no denying that the United Kingdom is home to some of the world’s safest roads. Despite this, accidents can happen. If you have been injured while using a zebra crossing, there is a very high chance that you will eligible for compensation. There are many different reasons why an accident may occur at a zebra crossing. In most cases, a pedestrian is injured because of a driver failing to slow down and driving carelessly or not paying the correct amount of attention. However, there are also cases whereby the driver can end up getting hurt because a pedestrian has not used the crossing correctly or has rushed out onto the road, causing the driver to swerve in order to avoid the individual and ultimately crashing and hurting themselves. No matter what has happened, you can make a claim if the accident was not your fault.
At Accident Claims UK, we can help you to claim for your zebra crossing injury. We have many years of experience in the industry, and we have helped many people to claim for accidents ranging from being knocked down on a pedestrian crossing to crashing due to someone using a zebra crossing incorrectly. If you would like free legal advice about your zebra crossing injury, you can reach us at any time on 0800 073 8801. However, before you give us a call, make sure you read on to find out everything you need to know about such claims. You may find the answers you are searching for below.
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A zebra crossing is a part of the road that has been painted with wide white stripes, indicating that vehicles must stop and allow pedestrians to cross the road. If a vehicle has not stopped and you have been injured as a consequence, or any other type of accident has occurred at a zebra crossing, you may be eligible for compensation. In this guide, you will discover everything you need to know about making a zebra crossing injury claim. We will inform you of how much compensation for being hit by a car you may be entitled to. You will also find information on the penalty for hitting a pedestrian on a zebra crossing, the personal injury claims time limit for such cases, how to go about making a claim and statistics regarding zebra crossing incidents. If you have not found the information you need by the time you finish reading our pedestrian accident compensation claim guide, you will find our contact details at the end of the post, which you can use to get in touch with us to find out more.
In the United Kingdom, we are lucky to have some of the safest roads across the globe. However, this does not mean that accidents do not occur. The most recent statistics we have available are those pertaining to the year ending in September 2016. These statistics indicate that there were 25,160 people who were either seriously injured or fatally injured on British roads throughout this period of time. In terms of the total number of casualties for all levels of severity, there were 182,560. So, as you can see, despite the fact that our roads are safer than most around the world, there are still a significant number of accidents that happen per annum. If you have been run over on a zebra crossing or have suffered any other type of accident, please do not hesitate to give our friendly and helpful team a call for more assistance.
You may be wondering about the type of injuries and accidents that tend to occur at zebra crossings. So, let’s take a look in further detail…
Common types of accidents that take place:
- Accidents due to cars failing to stop at a zebra crossing
- Hitting someone on a zebra crossing because they have run out onto the road from the incorrect place
- Pedestrian injured on a crossing due to careless driving / reckless driving
- Pedestrian / driver injured due to poor maintenance of the zebra crossing
There are many different types of injuries that can be sustained due to such incidents too. This includes the following:
- Head injuries
- Back injuries
- Leg injuries
- Arm injuries
- Wrist injuries
- … and much more!
Injuries differ in severity and there are many different factors that will be considered when determining the pedestrian hit by a car settlement you will receive. This not only includes the severity of your injury, but the symptoms you have experienced and the long-term prognosis for your injuries. The psychological impact and the affect that the injury has had on the rest of your life will be taken into account as well, for example, whether it has had an impact on your work or social life.
When it comes to making any type of accident claim, establishing liability is always the most important part. If you hit a pedestrian with your car, you may not necessarily be to blame for what happened. Of course, as the pedestrian has right of way, the driver is typically to blame. Nevertheless, there are some rare scenarios whereby the pedestrian could actually be at fault. Examples include the following:
- The pedestrian did not look properly
- The pedestrian did not just the path or speed of the vehicle correctly
- The pedestrian was not using the crossing facility in the right manner, for example, he or she attempted to cross the road from the wrong point
- The pedestrian had been impaired due to alcohol
- The pedestrian had been impaired due to drugs
- The pedestrian was in a hurry, or acting carelessly or recklessly
- The pedestrian was wearing dark clothes at night
In such situations above, it is not always the case that the pedestrian is liable, but such scenarios can at least mean the driver is not to blame. The best thing to do is speak to one of our legal experts because they will be able to listen to the specifics about your case and give you an accurate reflection regarding who is liable and the strength of your claim.
A lot of people want to know what would happen if they were to be involved in an accident at a zebra crossing and the pedestrian was being careless. In most cases, the pedestrian is not to blame because they have right of way. But it is important to note that there can be some exceptions. If a pedestrian runs into the road at the last second and it was clear that the vehicle in question had no chance to stop, it may turn out that the pedestrian was liable because they ultimately caused the accident to happen. Moreover, if a pedestrian attempts to crossed the road several metres before the zebra crossing, this can result in them also being liable because they have not used the crossing correctly, and, therefore, the driver has not been given the required amount of time to slow down.
If you want to make a claim for a zebra crossing injury, there are a number of steps to take to build a strong case. This includes the following:
- Getting medical attention, no matter how minor or severe your injuries are.
- Writing down everything that happened so you do not forget.
- Reporting the incident to the police if there has been criminal activity and/or the crash is causing a danger to other traffic.
- Taking photographs of the scene.
- Getting the contact details of any witnesses.
- Tracking all expenses that you have had to fund because of the injuries you have sustained.
You probably want to know how much zebra crossing injury compensation you are going to get for the accident you were involved in. When it comes to calculating payouts, it is vital to recognise that all cases are handled on an individual basis. Your claim will be assessed, including the severity of your original injury, symptoms, on-going prognosis, the impact on your life, and much more, and you will be awarded an amount accordingly. Before of this, any solicitor or personal injury claims calculatorcan only ever give you a rough estimate. Please do not pin your hopes on the amount stated. To give you a better understanding, in the table below we have provided details regarding the typical payout amount for injuries often sustained when zebra crossing accidents occur.
|The type of injury that has been sustained||Typical payout amount||Extra notes about the injury|
|Minor Leg Injuries||Up to £10,380||Soft tissue damage, sprains and very minor fractures.|
|Less Serious Leg Injuries||£15,750 to £24,340||Such as fractures which will leave the leg immobile while they heal.|
|Moderate Leg Injuries||£24,340 to £34,370||Such as serious tendon damage, compound fractures and dislocation.|
|Serious Leg Injuries||£34,370 to £48,080||Such as serious or multiple fractures that will leave the leg immobile for the long-term.|
|Very Serious Leg Injuries||£48,080 to £74,150||Injuries that, once healed, will still have an affect on a persons mobility.|
|Severe Leg Injuries||£84,400 to £119,210||Injuries that will permanently affect a person’s mobility, and cause ongoing pain and suffering.|
|Below Knee Amputation||£85,910 to £116,620||Loss of one leg below the knee.|
|Above Knee Amputation||£91,910 to £120,530||Loss of one leg above the knee.|
|Amputation of Both Legs||£211,150 to £247,280||Full amputation of both legs.|
|Moderate Arm Injuries||Up to £11,040||Such as simple fractures, or conditions such as tennis elbow.|
|Less Severe Arm Injuries||£13,720 to £28,060||Such as those that will limit use of the arm for the short-term but will heal eventually.|
|Severe Arm Injuries||£34,340 to £48,080||Such as those that will limit the use of the arm for the medium to long-term but will heal eventually.|
|Simple Arm Fractures||£5,810 to £16,830||Such as fractures to the short bones of the forearm.|
|Less Severe Arm Fractures||£16,830 to £34,340||Such as fractures to the long bones of the upper arm.|
|Serious Arm Fractures||£34,340 to £52,490||Such as injuries that involve multiple factures, with long-term reduced functionality of the arm.|
|Severe Arm Fractures||£84,310 to £114,810||Such as multiple fractures, which will leave the arm with permanently, reduced functionality.|
|Below Elbow Amputation||£84,310 to £96,150||Loss of the lower arm.|
|Above Elbow Amputation||£96,150 to £114,810||Loss of arm below the shoulder.|
|Full Arm Amputation||Not less than £120,270||Loss of the arm at the shoulder.|
|Minor Back Injuries||Up to £10,970||Sprains, lacerations and bruising, which will heal rapidly and have no lasting affect.|
|Moderate Back Injuries||£10,970 to £34,000||Damage to the muscles and ligaments of the back, which will cause pain until healed.|
|Severe Back Injuries||£34,000 to £141,150||Such as breaks to the back, which will have a permanent affect on the life of the victim.|
Can’t find your injury in the table above? Don’t panic! You can still make a claim for compensation. The table above merely lists some examples of the most common types of injuries sustained due to getting hit on a zebra crossing or being involved in any other type of zebra crossing incident. If you cannot find the injury you have suffered and you want to find out how much money you may receive, you can contact us and one of our advisors will happily explain.
One of the main features of our service is that when you make a zebra crossing accident claim with us, it will also be on a No Win, No Fee basis. And, when we say No Win, No Fee, we actually mean it. There are no hidden fees or terms with us. For those who are unaware regarding what this type of service actually entails, we will explain it for you. It’s really easy to understand and it benefits the claimant immensely. So, with a No Win, No Fee service, you are only going to pay legal fees if your case is a successful one. This means that if we do not manage to secure you any compensation for your pedestrian accident claim, you will not need to pay us a penny for our legal service. What happens if we do secure a payout for you? Your personal injury solicitor will then receive a percentage of your compensation for their fees. This will be a percentage that both your lawyer and you have agreed on together and put in a contract. This also means that you do not need to make an upfront payment to get started, which gets rid of the barriers that are typically in the way when claiming. It means that anyone can claim no matter their financial situation. There are also a number of knock-on benefits that are worth keeping in mind too. This includes the fact that your solicitor is accountable for the service that he or she provides because they only get paid if the claim is a success. This always leads to a much better service and it gives the personal injury victim great peace of mind too. If you would like further information about making a claim in this way, please do not hesitate to give us a call and we will explain it further.
When it comes to making a personal injury claim, there is no denying that you have a number of different options to choose from in the United Kingdom. However, we promise that you will struggle to find better than Accident Claims UK. Why are we so confident? Well, there are a number of different benefits associated with making a personal injury claim with us, as you will discover below…
- We have many years of experience in the industry – We have handled many claims over the years, and we can assign you a personal injury lawyer that has up to 30 years of specialist experience in the industry. You can be confident that the person working on your claim will have handled cases for zebra crossing accidents many times before.
- We have a great track record – We also have an excellent success record in the industry and we have received a lot of positive feedback to back it up. You only need to look at the reviews that we have received from our clients to see that this is the case.
- We put our clients first all of the time – Not only is this represented via our 100 per cent No Win, No Fee approach, but our service on the whole. We know that any type of zebra crossing accident can be traumatic and stressful. You already have a lot on your plate at the moment, and we do not want to add to it. This is why we aim to secure compensation in the most efficient and hassle-free manner. However, if you ever need us, we are always available.
Have you sustained a zebra crossing injury that was not your fault? If so, get in touch with Accident Claims UK today to escalate your claim further. You can also get in touch with us if you have any queries or you would like to find out whether you have a strong case. Our personal injury claims line number is 0800 073 8801, and this is open 24 hours per day, seven days per week, meaning you can call us at any time that is suitable for you. There are also a number of other ways that you can get in touch with us. This includes via our live chat feature on our website, as well as the request a call back feature on our homepage. For other contact information, including our email address, head to our contact page. Please note that all of the advice we provide is given free of charge and without any obligation to continue with our service.
We hope that you have found this guide useful and located the information you need. Nevertheless, if you require some further information, you may find these links helpful…
This link takes you to the NHS page on amputation. You will find information on the psychological impact of amputation, as well as complications, stump care, why amputation may be needed, the assessment before surgery, prosthetics, recovering after an amputation, and how amputations are carried out.
This link takes you to The Highway Code and you will be directed to the section on zebra crossings and rules for pedestrians specifically.